sitting hen killed, can I try to hatch the eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by msshepherdess, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. msshepherdess

    msshepherdess Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been looking for the hen that I was suspicious was laying somewhere for several days. Finally found her today and something had killed her (probably a possum). I don't know how long she's been dead, possibly a couple of days. There were about 8 eggs next to her. If I make an incubator, what are the chances the eggs are still "hatchable"?
     
  2. elliemay0305

    elliemay0305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hhuuummm.......if she hadnt been nestingont hem they might. candle them and see what the inside looks like. im surprised if something killed her it didnt get the eggs. sure it wasnt a loose dog?
     
  3. msshepherdess

    msshepherdess Out Of The Brooder

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    when I candle them, what am I looking for specifically?
     
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    If you see any veining or if they are real dark and you can't see much except for the air cell then they had started the incubation process and it's a lost cause. If you don't see veining and you can see through the egg, chances are good you can hatch them.
     
  5. countrybum

    countrybum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    area pop. 96
    Here is a link that may help you.

    If the eggs are only a couple days old, they may not show anything yet.

    If you have an incubator, I would stick them in there for awhile and see what happens. I have about 30 in my incubator that my hens were sitting on and they are doing fine.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-candling-eggs.html
     
  6. msshepherdess

    msshepherdess Out Of The Brooder

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    I REALLY want to try this. She was a wild game hen that just flew into our yard one day several years ago. She's the only hen I ever had that wanted to sit and has hatched out several times, crossed with our naked neck rooster!!! He died and now someone gave us a Japanese silkie rooster. Can you imagine how cute they'd be?
    Anyway, I'll have to wait till morning to get an incubator. What's the best way to keep them till then?
     
  7. countrybum

    countrybum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    area pop. 96
    I would wrap them in a towel and sit them on a heating pad (on low).
     

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